Fox’s Rob Lowe Comedy ‘The Grinder’ Adds Ben Wexler As New Showrunner

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The GrinderFox has found a new showrunner for the Rob Lowe vehicle The Grinder.

Ben Wexler has come on-board the comedy series as executive producer/showrunner after inking an overall deal with series producer 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, Wexler will take the reins on The Grinder and develop other projects for the studio.

A TV veteran, Wexler most recently co-created the FX comedy series The Comedians, which was cancelled after one low-rated season. His other credits include The Good Guys, Arrested Development, The Michael J. Fox Show and Community. He takes over as showrunner from Greg Malins, who exited last month due to creative differences with fellow executive producers Jake Kasdan, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul.

Grinder tells the story of beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (Rob Lowe), who is known professionally as The Grinder. When his long-running hit series comes to an end, he finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small hometown thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, William Devane, Hana Hayes and Fred Savage also star. Rob Lowe also serves as an executive producer.